The RACW works in partnership with local governments, the business community, private property owners and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency to foster the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields and other industrial sites in Westmoreland County. Remediating these often idle properties not only improves the environment, but gets them back into productive use.
'Brownfields' include properties that are contaminated or perceived to be contaminated. They may also include properties that are underutilized for various socioeconomic reasons, such as abandonment, obsolescence, tax delinquency, and/or blight.
The RACW was recently awarded $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, clean up plans, and community outreach activities. The grant will help evaluate hazardous substances and petroleum sites countywide.